Fox Testing the Streaming of Live Football Matches

20060807 fsc Fox Testing the Streaming of Live Football MatchesWhile Setanta Broadband has been available since earlier this year, Fox Soccer Channel has started testing the streaming of live matches via its web site, FoxSoccer.com.

The first test was conducted this past weekend for the Denmark against Northern Ireland match. The next test will be Wednesday’s Euro 2008 qualifier between Iceland and Sweden. You can access the webcast page here. The technology FSC is using is impressive and the quality is very decent.

Fox is using a player from a company named Vividas. The player is easy to install (download only takes a few seconds on broadband) and when it plays video, it takes up the entire screen. That’s great for most users, but some people may want to surf and watch a match at the same time.

While the test is a great idea by Fox, what will be more interesting is what matches will be available by broadband in the future. FSC obviously has the broadband rights to show certain Euro 2008 qualifier matches, but what about the Premiership? Could this be a glimpse of how Fox will provide their entertainment in the future? Will this continue to be available for free, or will Fox charge a subscription fee similar to Setanta Broadband?

Read more news about it from Fox Soccer Channel here.

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5 Responses to Fox Testing the Streaming of Live Football Matches

  1. ivanomartin says:

    seems like if you press Alt + Enter, you can minimize the view down to a smaller screen.

  2. eplnfl says:

    I tried the link to download the media player but could not find it nor could I connect on FSC direct link. Any suggestions?

  3. The Gaffer says:

    Click on the ‘Read more about it’ link near the bottom of this blog post. I noticed that they’ve been changing the index.html address around, so if you link to the page I just mentioned, you’ll be able to find the latest feed.

    I contacted Fox Soccer Channel and they said they’re doing a lot of testing of it, so no news whether this will be a permanent fixture, although I’m sure it’s going to be a part of the future. How much so we’ll have to wait and see.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  4. eplnfl says:

    Thanks Gaffer. your the best.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this.

    I found it worked well in its small window (about 440 x 330 pixels) which I assume matches the transmission of the picture. Sound quality was good, which is what I would expect.

    The picture quality didn’t seem to be affected by my downloading a large file from the internet at the same time over my cable modem link, so I couldn’t really tell how much bandwidth they were using.

    I thought it was poor in full screen mode which really showed up the limitations. The conversion of the native stream to a a different number of pixels combine with other factors such as the way the pictures was compressed and the number of frames oper second in order to keep the bandwidth down made it pretty unwatchable.

    Not that anyone at Fox seems to be asking for my opinion (!), but I wouldn’t use it at home.

    However, it’s probably good enough for travelling if there’s something you must see and the hotel bandwidth is up to it (which it often isn’t).

    It would also work ok in the office providing your IT department doesn’t go ballistic at using up their expensive resources for “research.”

    Thanks, interesting
    LACF

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